Improve Your Health on a Budget
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You don't have to spend a lot of money to eat well, get in shape and look your best. The Doctors shows you how to save money without compromising your health!

Beauty Tips on a Budget

The Doctors mommy correspondent and co-CEO of ModernMom.com Brooke Burke shares her top 10 simple and affordable beauty tips.

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Moms: How do you stay healthy on a budget

Money-Saving Grocery Shopping Tips
Stephanie Nelson, author of The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, explains that shopping for healthy food doesn't have to break the bank.

"It's about strategic shopping," Stephanie says. "Strategic shopping is not about changing the way you eat, it's about changing the way you buy the healthy food that you like."

Strategic Shopping Tips
• Plan your meals around healthy food that's on sale
Clip coupons for healthy foods
Use store discount cards
Look for special promotions
Find healthy foods by using nutrition iQ, a nutrition-information tagging program that helps consumers make better-informed and healthier food choices while shopping.

On average, Stephanie saves $100 per week on groceries by following these simple tips. "I've done this for 16 years, and that adds up to $83,000!" she says. "That's real money."

Watch Stephanie teach one mom how to buy an entire week's worth of healthy groceries for only $50.

Get Fit on a Budget

Community member Cookinmom sent a suggestion into ProduceTheDoctors.com asking for budget-friendly exercise ideas. Personal fitness trainer Alycia Perrin from Crunch Gym demonstrates ways to get fit without emptying your wallet.


Saving money doesn't have to stop at the grocery store. Stephanie shows you how to save big while at the drugstore!


Power of Massage
Massages can offer a number of health benefits, including lowered anxiety, increased immune system function, decreased pain and help women during childbirth. Natal massage can even help premature babies go home from the hospital earlier.

You don't have to visit an expensive spa to get a great massage. Sean Struxness, owner and instructor of The Massage Spot, demonstrates how to give a spa-quality massage at home!

Sean's At-Home Massage Tips:

• Use almond oil. Not only is it inexpensive, but it can be found in most grocery stores.

To massage the neck, rotate your fingers or your fists in a circular motion.
To massage the shoulder blades, lean into the area while rotating your thumbs from the forearm and use your knuckles.
To massage the lower back, rotate your thumbs from the forearm, apply direct palm pressure and lean in with your forearms.
Start with light pressure — approximately 5 pounds — and slowly increase it depending on the person's preference.

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How the Savings Add Up

Following Stephanie's coupon shopping can save you about $100 a week and $5,200 a year on groceries.
The average price of a gym membership is $775 a year, while creating your own at-home gym costs about $50.
The average price of a massage is $75, but performing one at home is free!.
Beauty products can cost $700 a year, while the products used for Brooke's tips cost
approximately $250 a year.
Brand name drugs at the drugstore cost roughly $69 per visit. By following Stephanie's guidelines, they can cost less than $36. If you were to go to the drugstore twice a month, that is a yearly savings of $864.

Total yearly savings = $8,139

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